BBC Radio Lincolnshire Folk Song Competition Final

Spilsby Theatre ~ Thu 14th Oct 2004

The annual BBC Radio Lincolnshire Folk Song Competition took place last Thursday night at Spilsby Theatre. The event is very popular with local audiences and a capacity crowd filled the theatre to hear this year's finalists perform the ten songs which had reached the final.

The popular winner was 'Give It Up For Jim' written by Paul Dickinson. The song performed by Paul had the audience singing along to the chorus heartily, it certainly struck a chord with the folk of Lincolnshire! In the true tradition of folk Paul recounts a story in his winning song, which also has elements of protest as well as a catchy chorus. In days gone by folk songs were one of the methods of transmitting news of events, 'Give It Up For Jim' is a modern day folk song about a local councillor who made the national headlines a little while back.

For the record 'Goodbye Big Mill' written by Geoff Convery and performed by Clarty Sough was second and the Billinger Ruffs with their imaginary (or was it!) story song 'The Ode to Michael Strong'. The MU award for the best performance of the evening went to Big Al Whittle, a Boston man who sung about 'The Grammar School Puppy Dog'. As usual there was merit in all the songs which reached the final, and there will be an opportunity to hear the ten songs which reached the final on a programme broadcast on BBC Radio Lincolnshire over the Christmas / New Year holiday period.

A special CD was also launched at the finals night, 'Yellowbellies' features songs and tunes performed by local folk artists. Costing £10.00, proceeds from the sales of the CD are going to BBC Radio Lincolnshire's 'Go For Gold' fund. A number of songs that have featured in past Lincolnshire Folk Song competitions are included on the album, which is an essential purchase for local folk fans, contact BBC Radio Lincolnshire for details of how to buy your copy.